Our modern lifestyle promotes an unhealthy amount of inactivity in the form of extended periods of sitting behind a desk, driving and watching television. You don't need a personal trainer to fix this, but having guidance and support can get you started and help you remain focused. That's where I can help.
I have always been physical, but my experience as a trainer began in 2006 at a specialized gym located in a converted warehouse. Clients ranged in age from 6 to 90. I loved the different challenges of training people with diverse needs and physical capabilities, and sharing with students the techniques learned through training others with different attributes. This resulted in an interesting, rigorous, fun and constantly refreshed experience for all. What I didn't love was training in a cold public space that lacked fresh air and sunshine. I also felt that training is not just about lifting weights and aerobics, but should also include flexibility, stress reduction, health choices and mindfulness. That's when I opened my own personal training practice.
My training style is gentle and encouraging that is ambitious but never punishing. I will, however, push you beyond your comfort zone to show that you're stronger than you realize. As for setting, just looking around Foster City with its flat levee that winds along the bay, temperate climate and many days of sunshine. I take full advantage of our beautiful surroundings. On any given day during our aerobic warm up, we may spot jack rabbits, egret, newly hatched ducklings, or even an occasional lost seal. And that's just the warm up! Afterwards, we move indoors for weight training to increase muscle strength, followed by flexibility training with some yoga poses to work on balance and cool down.
Kundalini Yoga, Meditation & Mindfulness
We all repeat patterns of behavior that don't work, but that are familiar and comfortable. Have you thought: there's something more, even if you don't know what 'more' is? Over the years I have learned from masters of various disciplines that your own answers are right there, buried beneath layers of life's experiences. You can access your own answers by exploring your inner self, and an effective toolset for this is Kundalini Yoga.
Kundalini derives its meaning from the sanskrit word "coiled one". The imagery is of the generative force in each of us that can be blocked by subconscious patterns of thought or behavior. The result can be feelings of anger, frustration, fear, dispair, lethergy, addiction, hyper-activity, a lack of concentration and other habits that can block the flow of energy that brings us to fulfillment. I will share with you Kundalini and other techniques to quiet our minds so that we have greater access to our true selves.
A typical Kundalini yoga class includes traditional yoga poses and breathing techniques to facilitate meditation. Poses are relatively easy, yet focus the mind. The challenge is not about physical prowess. Since this is a meditative practice. We learn to recognize our thought patterns and make conscious decisions rather than react impulsively and with reference to habit. We challenge and eventually move past self limiting beliefs. We open ourselves to new possibilities.
220 hrs Kundalini Teacher Certification - Kundalini Research Institute RYT – 200 hrs Yoga Certification Yoga Alliance RYT – 500 hrs Yoga Certification (in progress) Yoga Alliance Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise